Sinusitis occurs when the tissues lining the air-filled spaces within the bones of the face are swollen. There is sneezing, difficulty in breathing, and a feeling of heaviness in the head. In Ayurveda, it is known as pinas.
- The first step is to reduce the swelling of the sinuses, which can be best done by inhalation of steam. Boil 1 to 2 litres of water and add a few drops of clove oil (or a large spoonful of cloves), 10-12 crushed mint leaves, and a few drops of eucalyptus oil (or 1/3 cup of eucalyptus leaves). Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Continue this twice a day until the congestion clears and then once a week to clear the phlegm that gets deposited in the sinuses.
- Have 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of honey in it twice a day.
- Crush 4-5 peeled garlic buds and inhale the fragrance. This will reduce congestion.
Diet and Lifestyle:
A person suffering from sinusitis should have freshly-prepared and easily-digestible warm food, lots of vegetables, and fresh fruits. Take warm water plain, or prepare it with cinnamon and black pepper. Eat plenty of garlic and ginger. Avoid cold, heavy, oily foods, cold drinks, chocolates, ice cream, cold water, etc. Get plenty of rest. Sleep while lying on one side and with a pillow beneath the head. This prevents the accumulation of mucus in the air passages and helps to avoid difficulties in breathing.